While nothing has firmed up just yet, Twitch Film bring word that there is persistent talk that the film’s producers and backer 20th Century Fox have zeroed in on Swedish director Daniel Espinosa to take the helm on the ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ the big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. Espinosa originally burst on to the Hollywood radar with his 2010 Swedish action thriller ‘Snabba Cash’ (Easy Money), a massive international hit which led to Espinosa taking the helm of Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington-starring hit ‘Safe House.’ His next film, ‘Child 44,’ opens this year and stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassell and his ‘Snabba Cash’ and ‘Safe House’ actor Joel Kinnaman.
Set for a summer 2015 release, Ubisoft’s Eli Richbourg, Frank Marshall, Michael Fassbender and his partner Connor McCaughan are producing. The plot for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors – all of them assassins – and retrieve ancient artifacts. Two years ago Ubisoft invested in launching UMP (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects. Adaptions of the games ‘Splinter Cell’ and ‘Ghost Recon’ are also in the works, with Tom Hardy set to lead ‘Splinter Cell’ and Michael Bay attached to produce with an eye to direct, depending on scheduling and the script, ‘Ghost Recon.’
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have today announced plans for a special comic book prequel to their upcoming ‘Godzilla.’ Director Gareth Edwards himself made the announcement, which you can view below. Titled ‘Godzilla: Awakening,’ the comic book is co-written by Greg Borenstein and Max Borenstein (the screenwriter of the forthcoming movie). Set decades before the film, the book is timed to hit shelves on May 7th, just before the feature film’s release on May 16th.
Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston.
Lionsgate has released this first teaser poster for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1.’ In the next chapter of the highly-anticipated series, we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1′ hits theaters November 21st.
Walt Disney Pictures has debuted this UK poster for the upcoming Muppets sequel, ‘Muppets Most Wanted.’ Set for a March 28th release, the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ story finds the Muppet repertory company enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond – and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit. Starring opposite the Muppets this time are Ricky Gervais (as Constantine’s villainous sidekick), Tina Fey (as a Russian prison guard), and Ty Burrell (as an Interpol agent).
James Bobin, who helmed the 2011 ‘Muppets’ film, is returning to direct the follow-up and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. ‘The Muppets’ grossed $158 million worldwide and relaunched the long-running Jim Henson-created franchise for the studio. It starred and was co-written by Jason Segel, but he is not returning for the sequel. The full synopsis for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ can be read below.
Trailer For ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ – Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde & Michelle Monaghan
Samuel Goldwyn Films has unveiled the trailer for Geoff Moore and David Posamentier’s ‘Better Living Through Chemistry,’ a dark comedy that stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Norbert Leo Butz, Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Jane Fonda and Ray Liotta. The film focuses on a small town pharmacist (Rockwell) whose life takes a twisted turn when he embarks on a drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with a seductive customer (Wilde). ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ is out in theaters and via on-demand services on March 14th.
Closely following yesterday’s “Athens Will Burn” banner, Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this latest banner for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the upcoming follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ’300.’ Planned for a March 7th release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ stars Rodrigo Santoro returning as Xerxes, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, David Wenham as Dilios, and Eva Green as Artemisia.
’300: Rise of an Empire’ is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ’300,’ and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film.